Monthly Archives: May 2012

Baked Kale Chips

Baked Kale Chips

I love baked kale chips. They’re pretty addicting and oh so healthy.

They’re easy to make- 5-10 min. prep time and 10-15 min. bake time. Check out the recipe by clicking on the photo.

Tips: feel free to use your hands to rip apart the kale from the stem instead of using a knife. also, toss kale in a large zip loc bag with olive oil to evenly coat the kale.

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May 31, 2012 · 7:13 pm

Mexitan Tropical Sands SPF 30 all natural

Mexitan Tropical Sands SPF 30 all natural

i just bought this new sunscreen and am excited to try it out. it’s a paraben, oxybenzene, vitamin a, etc. free sunscreen with all the protection you need and no harsh chemicals!

INGREDIENTS: Zinc Oxide (6%), Titanium Dioxide (6%), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice, Aqua (Deionized Water), Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Wax, Lecithin, p-Anisic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin-E)

i bought mine at amazon 🙂

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May 24, 2012 · 6:38 pm

I want.

I want.

http://www.homedit.com/best-22-diy-easy-and-cheap-mason-jar-projects/

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May 24, 2012 · 4:42 pm

Surprising way to reduce plastic! Give up gum.

from http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/responsible-living/photos/16-simple-ways-to-reduce-plastic-waste/give-up-gum

From this list of 16 simple ways to reduce plastic waste, I was very surprised to hear this one:

Give up gum

Gum was originally made from tree sap called chicle, a natural rubber, but when scientists created synthetic rubber, polyethylene and polyvinyl acetate began to replace the natural rubber in most gum. Not only are you chewing on plastic, but you may also be chewing on toxic plastic — polyvinyl acetate is manufactured using vinyl acetate, a chemical shown to cause tumors in lab rats. While it is possible to recycle your gum, it may be best to skip it — and its plastic packaging — altogether.
If you have time, read the rest of the list! They are all great ways to reduce plastic waste.

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Dear 9 yr old Martha Payne, you are awesome!

http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/9-year-olds-blog-shames-school-into-serving-better-lunches

9 year old Martha Payne started a blog showing pics of her school lunch, “vital statistics about her meals, rating them for taste, healthiness, and even the presence of hair.”  As a result of her blog, the school announced that it would serve unlimited salad, fruit and bread.  Not so sure how I feel about the unlimited bread, but I absolutely love this girl’s proactive attitude about nutrition.  As they say, children are the future.

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How A Sip of Soda Affects Your Health

How A Sip of Soda Affects Your Health

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May 24, 2012 · 2:29 am

Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soda

Nellie's All Natural Laundry Soda

I love Nellie’s all natural landry soda.. i’ve been using it for months now and love it so much, i decided to go for the 100 load tin! (i originally bought the 50 load tin to see if i’d like it).  I would love it if all my friends and family would switch to all natural laundry detergent because 1. it’s comparable in price 2. it’s not that much of a effort; once you have it, it lasts awhile and 3. it’s so much better for you, especially if you have kids and babies!

Nellie’s is all natural meaning it has no chemicals that can be soaked in through your skin after your clothes have been washed, no artificial fragrances, is safe for the environment and better for your washer and dryer.

The truth about Tide and other household laundry detergents:
Most laundry detergents in your typical grocery store contain the following, which can be absorbed by your skin after washing your clothes:
Petroleum distillates (aka napthas), which have been linked to cancer
Phenols, which can cause toxicity throughout the entire body
Artificial fragrances, which have been linked to various toxic effects on fish and mammals
Phosphates, which stimulate the growth of certain marine plants when they’re released into the environment and contribute to unbalanced ecosystems
Optical brighteners, which can be toxic to fish and can cause bacterial mutations and allergic reactions
(from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2007/07/12/how-toxic-is-your-average-laundry-detergent.aspx)

Also, most detergents and household products have 1,4 Dioxane, which is known to be an allergen, linked to reproductive and endocrine disruption… and cancer. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bill-chameides/14-dioxane-and-laundry-so_b_1498246.html)

buy nellie’s here- http://www.amazon.com/Nellies-NLS-100T-Natural-Laundry-soda/dp/B001GODIEE

UPDATE: 12/3/12

Thanks to my friend, Diane (today is her birthday by the way!!!), I decided to put in a cost analysis of Nellie’s vs. Tide.

On Amazon, Nellie’s is $16.92 for a 100 load tin and $9.25 for a 50 load bag.  This means a load of laundry is 17 cents and 19 cents each, respectively.

Using Google to find the average price for the standard Tide’s Original 32 oz. 50 load bottle, Tide is 28 cents a load.

Start counting your pennies towards a healthier you!

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May 22, 2012 · 6:54 pm